OLR Bill Analysis

HB 7179

AN ACT CONCERNING TERMINATION OF CERTAIN CONTRACTS BY CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD ORDERED INTO ACTIVE STATE SERVICE.

SUMMARY

This bill allows any Connecticut National Guard member ordered into active service to cancel certain contracts at any time after receiving orders for 90 days or more to a location that does not support such contract. These contracts include those for telecommunication services, Internet services, television services, satellite radio services, or a membership at an athletic club or gym.

In order to terminate the contract, the National Guard member must submit to the service or membership provider a written or electronic notice of the termination and a copy of his or her military orders.

The protections under the bill are in addition to the state law that incorporates the protections provided under the federal  Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), except for provisions pertaining to life insurance.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

USERRA

USERRA provides reemployment rights for service members returning from serving in the uniformed services and prohibits employers from discriminating against them based on their military service or obligation (38 U.S.C. 4301-4333).

SCRA

SCRA gives specific rights and legal protections to people in military service. It addresses such issues as interest rates, rental and lease agreements, eviction, health and life insurance, mortgage foreclosure, civil judicial proceedings, and income tax payments (50 U.S.C. 3911-4043).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Veterans' Affairs Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

14

Nay

0

(03/02/2017)